By Masao Abe

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This is an interesting and significant number of essays through Masao Abe at the works of the thirteenth century Zen grasp, Eihei Dogen, the founding father of Soto Zen in Japan.

Selected from over 20 years of analysis and scholarship, the editor, Steve Heine, has performed a superb activity in formatting and outlining the paintings of this crucial Dogen scholar.

Abe's paintings on Dogen (1200-1253) is moment in simple terms to Hee-Jin Kim's crucial stories. After Watsuji Tetsuro pried Dogen's paintings from sectarian concealment in 1926, the scholarly group, astounded through the intensity and vast nature with which this nice Zen grasp taken care of the philosophy, faith, and culture of Buddhism, were mining its treasures ever since.

These essay of Abe provide a few the main sophisticated gold, in addition to feedback for destiny examine. renowned for his efforts in Christian/Buddhist and West/East dialogues, Abe bargains the normal view of Dogen's works, in addition to suggesting attainable parallel principles within the West.

This publication bargains stories on quite a lot of Dogen's teachings, together with life/death, practice/enlightenment, the which means of Buddha Nature, and the character of Space/Time.

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14 In other words, for Spinoza, God may be said to be "what" when it is viewed from the outside, from the side of relative substances and finite beings, but it is n o t t h a t "what" is God. This is precisely because in Spinoza, God is Substance, which is conceived through itself. The difference between Dogen's idea of the Buddha-nature and Spinoza's idea of God as Substance may be clearer if we take into account their relations to things in the universe. In Spinoza the One God has, insofar as we know, two "attributes," thought (icogitatio) and extension (extensio); particular and finite things are called the "modes" of God, which depend upon, and are conditioned by, the divine and infinite being.

Again, thought is not an attribute of God as Substance, but an attribute of what," an attribute not attributed to anything. Accordingly, thought is just thought in itself, no more and no less. ," the question directly pointed to Huai-jang himsell as an independent and individualized personality that will not allow surrogation. Ilual-|ang is not a creature determined by (iod as Substance. He may be said to be something coming from "what," something determined without a determinator. Determination without a determinator is self-determination, freedom, and selfhood, which are but different terms for the Buddha-nature.

Whole-being, needless to say, includes sentient as well as nonsentient beings. 3 For Dogen, the dimension of whole-being is no longer that of generation-extinction, but that of appearance-disappearance (kimetsu) or being-nonbeing (umu). The term generation-extinction is here used to indicate biological producing and dying out, whereas the term appearance-disappearance signifies coming to he and ceasing to be and refers to both living and nonliving beings. 3). The sentient dimension, though transanthropocentric, has a life-centered nature that excludes nonliving beings.

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